New viruses keep on appearing and crops are affected. Unfortunately, there is not always a suitable solution for suppressing it. Plant protection products are often not effective. The crop may have to be removed. Who is going to do that?
The present risk of contamination is a source of concern for growers. Stef van der Linden, Hortimat: "If the machines move from greenhouse to greenhouse and they are not carefully cleaned first, the viruses can easily spread. Growers want to start with a spotlessly clean greenhouse and not be surprised by a new virus. For that reason we see the interest in growers getting their own crop rotation machines growing. And certainly abroad."
Stef mainly talks here about Bio Bull. Bio Bull is a shredder: "This machine is popular with larger growers. This machine cleans out and shreds. The cleared crop is placed on the cloth. The cloth is retracted, rolls up and throws the crop into the shredder."
It looks like this:
Smaller growers are interested in their own clearing machine. These machines do not shred. So the crop is removed without shredding.
Moreover, these machines, in addition to tomatoes, are also suitable for peppers, cucumbers and strawberries.